Employment Opportunities

Employees at Western Sullivan Public Library are appointed through the Sullivan County Personnel Department.  For additional information or a list of exams pertaining to library positions, please call the Personnel Department at 845-807-0485 or visit http://sullivanny.us/Departments/Personnel.


The Western Sullivan Public Library is seeking an energetic, motivated, and creative person for the position of LIBRARY ASSISTANT. Primary responsibilities include planning and implementing programs for adults, program scheduling, community outreach, and administrative functions, as well as other duties as assigned.




POSTED June 2, 2022

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This paraprofessional librarian position includes but is not limited to conducting outreach, adult programs and services and various administrative functions. Requires aptitude to operate independently within prescribed responsibilities. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director or a Librarian and may involve supervision and training of library staff and volunteers. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: The typical work activities listed below, while providing representative examples of the variety of work assignments in the title, do not describe any individual position. Incumbents in this title may perform some or all of the following, as well as other related activities not described.

Plans, schedules, coordinates and conducts adult programs and community outreach activities;

Implements programs and services in accordance with current library long range plan and in consultation with supervisor;

Assists in evaluating effectiveness of programs; makes recommendations and prepares reports as required;

Provides library informational, instructional, research and referral services to all library users;

Performs online circulation, cataloging, collection development, interlibrary loan, overdue functions and updates records by applying library principles as directed;

Keeps up-to-date with current technology trends and may provide technology instruction to library users;

Creates public relations materials across all formats;

Prepares library exhibits and displays;

Prepares research and completes forms relative to grant proposals;

Performs basic computer maintenance tasks;

Maintains and operates audio-visual equipment;

Uses current software applications;

Supervises library staff and volunteers;

May supervise children.


FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good attention to detail and ability to follow policies and procedures consistently; good knowledge of layout, writing and public relations skills; working knowledge of basic computer systems; good knowledge of basic reference sources online and in print; ability to perform informational, instructional, research and referral activities; ability to operate and maintain current technology and software applications; ability to communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing; ability to read and comprehend written material; ability to carry out assignments independently; tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public; ability to maintain a calm and friendly demeanor with the public under stressful conditions; ability to move delivery boxes up to 70 pounds and lift 30 pounds, stand for extended periods of time, sit, bend, kneel, crouch and climb stairs; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree; preference will be given to those with experience working in a library or nonprofit organization; or

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s Degree plus two (2) years of experience working in a library or nonprofit organization.


WORK SCHEDULE: This is a full-time (35-hour per week) position. Schedule includes some evenings and weekends.


SALARY RANGE: Starting salary for this position is $16.30 to $17.26 per hour


The library provides a benefits package to eligible employees on an annual basis which includes vacation, health insurance, enrollment in the New York State Retirement System, and sick/personal leave.


This position is subject to Sullivan County Civil Service Rules. Requirements for permanent appointment to this position include satisfactory completion of both a Civil Service examination and a 26-week probationary period.


Application materials (cover letter, resume, and three professional references) must be electronically submitted in PDF format to wspldirector@rcls.org